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Redline Era Child.. simply what I knew as Hot Wheels.
My Green Boss Hoss was my favourite. I like the spoiler series. I was always taking the tires off the spoilers and putting them on the Original Camaros and Firebirds to make them faster. Oh and that's when discovered those little white things come off ouch.
I had always wanted a Woody Wagon..and I remember my mom going on a trip across the border to the states and she brought me back the Woody Wagon.. man, it's wheels were pretwisted, wouldn't go well down the track and crashed everytime it tried the loop..
And boy did I love that Woody.. which is why... 45 years later.. you see this
I grew up in the 80s. Only one car had style. The Cadillac Seville...
Dukes of Hazzard and Knight Rider. Today its the Corvette C6R Speed Machines Car, just like the real deal and close to my full size 2006 C6.
55 Gasser, Blown Delivery, Mod Rod, and giant dragsters are also favea.
I was all about 2nd gen GM F-bodies as a kid(still am), so my all time fave was the Hot Bird that came with the Double Barrel stunt set. Grey and orange screaming chicken graphics on the hood and sides over a dark metalflake blue with gold Hot Ones wheels. Second fave was the red and black Z28 on Ultra Hots, and one of those recently made it's way into my collection:
My faves were the Mirada Stocker and the Inside Story van... although if you expand beyond Hot Wheels, I really liked quite a few PlayArt and Tomy cars from the late 70s/early 80s era.
Thinking more about the cars I liked, I loved playing with the Crack Up cars that would flip the door or hood to show damage when they got hit. My stories were always chases and explosions anyway, so the extra "battle damage" was also great to have. I still think it's a really cool gimmick that I'm surprised they haven't re-released (hope they do someday).
Is it too late but when I was younger I liked the Lamborghini Veneno, GT Hunter, The BTTF Delorean, and the Indy 500 Oval but the Gulf Version.
I don't own any from when I was a kid... I was 10 back in '68 when they came out... Had them all! This one though is still my original favorite casting! I'll plunk down some change for one eventually!
Grew up in the 70's, I loved and wore out the Matchbox F-150 pick up, and also loved the Snake & Mongoose dragsters. The bodies lifted on them, so cool. I couldn't find any pics online, sadly!